The Persistence of Memory is a surrealist painting done by Salvador Dali in 1931. The medium is oil on canvas and it is currently located in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. I chose this work for multiple reasons. Walking through the gallery in Aquinas I've often stopped and looked at many of his paintings and found them interesting and if I remember correctly, this painting is not there. I always found the melting clocks interesting, but had no idea what they were supposed to represent. There are many different things to look at in the work, such as the ants on the orange clock that symbolize death, and the the mountain in the background which was inspired by Dali's life in Catalonia.